Several things happened this Wednesday. Two were good and one was not. The good things both happened to be parcels that arrived. One was Kate's new book Yokes, and the other was a thick parcel from my publisher, Diane Morriss, containing the other three books they have published this fall.
Now for the bad thing. I also caught some bug on Wednesday. I felt so miserable I didn't even open the parcels. I decided to save that moment for when I felt well enough to appreciate it, which turned out to be today. It also reminds me that on my list of things that could go amiss at Christmas I forgot to add illness. Silly me. Now I am two days behind. My pre-Christmas trip to Costco has been postponed until next week, and not a single thing has been baked. But I digress. Sigh...
One of the books in the parcel was Sylvia Olsen's Knitting Stories, a book containing personal essays and seven Coast Salish-inspired patterns. This is a lovely book, and I can't wait to sit down with a cup of tea and read through Sylvia's essays. The patterns are wonderful! I was able to get an advance pdf file of them, which means I was able to knit one of the projects before I even got the book. I decided to make the Fingerless Mitts since I already had the yarn for them in my stash, but I also have plans to make Yetsa's Bolero in the New Year.
These mitts were a fun and easy project, perfect for someone trying out colourwork for the first time. I used some worsted weight Shelter from Brooklyn Tweed, and although the colours aren't exactly traditional, I like the way they work together in the mitts.
To make the pattern work with the worsted weight I cast on six fewer stitches, then decreased two more after the first pattern repeat. They came out a perfect fit!
Ravelry details can be found here. My apologies for the rather short post, but I really need to get off this computer and bake something, anything, that would qualify as a Christmas goodie.